In youth we learn, In age we understand.

6:08 PM

Dawned with innocence
I played at my will
Filled with arrogance
I got what I wished

With too much tender love
Everybody spoiled me
For they gave everything
That I asked for

I grew up, slowly
Learning about life,
Facing the difficulties
Feeling lost in love

Ah! Such an experience
The pleasure of knowing something
The contemplation of love
The fear of failure

Unaware of what the future has for me
I risked almost everything
Dared to do the impossible
Fought the little battles of life

Parents guided my ambition
Teachers nurtured my aspirations
Growing was fun, I thought
And I feel so wrong now. 

As time flew by
As fate dawn upon me
I had to be careful, of myself
Careful of the step I had to take

But among all complications
Among all struggles and difficulties
Among all the unpleasant setbacks
I fought each, one at a time

With a little victories,
Many failures
I stood steady, without losing hope
Overcame each hurdle, each failure.

Now, I am grown up and old
And look back at the ancient times
Happy I feel, with myself
With the life as the young.

I see the children playing, 
Screaming and Enjoying
I see the innocence, 
I see the child in them.

As a child I never understood
The reason for their candidness
The artful ingenuity
The adolescent confusion

And now I feel so lost
As I miss the tenderness
The innocence in the work
The wait for the unexpected.

Someone rightly said, 
"In Youth we learn, 
In age we understand" 
And I couldn't agree more.

- Ajay Kontham © 2013

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  1. A lovely story you weaved of growing up ... We pass through the hurdles, and learn from them ... and truly, we miss those days now !!!

  2. Awesome!!!!!
    Totally agree with you :)

  3. Hi Ajay,
    Good Morning!
    Here for the first time:) Beautifully penned:)
    When my 6yr-old says, "Mumma, when will i become big and grow up?"
    I always reply, "Enjoy these days my dear, it will never come back. The innocence, the fun, the laughter, the smiles...."

    Keep writing!

    1. Hi Gayu,
      Good Evening. (Sry, I couldn't reply in the morning!)
      Welcome to the world of awesomeness and a little craziness. :P

      Why, Thank You. :)

      Thats' cute. And that's a very good reply. Hope he/she has a great time being the carefree child. :)
      Such is life. When we are young, we want to grow up. And when we grow up, we wished we never grew up.

      Thank You. :)

      Ajay Kontham

  4. You wrote something....everyone will agree!!
    A nice read :)

  5. "In Youth we learn,
    In age we understand" Nice sigh off.

  6. Beautiful piece. So true.

    This somehow brings out the depth in our understanding.
    I used to under estimate experience, till I faced its back lash.


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